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Hotel Dei Dragomanni
Hotel Dei Dragomanni

San Marco 2711, Venice 30124

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (1,140 reviews)

Located in San Marco, this hotel is steps from Santa Maria del Giglio and Basilica of St Mary of Health. St. Mark's Basilic …

£77
Hotel Montecarlo
Hotel Montecarlo

Calle Specchieri 463 San Marco, Venice 30124

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (1,122 reviews)

This modernised 17th-century building in Venice, formerly a convent and a palazzo, is 50 metres from Piazza San Marco, 200 …

£67
Best Western Titian Inn Hotel Venice Airport
Best Western Titian Inn Hotel Venice Airport

Via Orlanda 240, Mestre 30173

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (1,292 reviews)

Located in Tessera, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Forte Bazzera and within 6 mi (10 km) of San Giuliano Park and Casino' d …

£56
Best Western Hotel Bologna
Best Western Hotel Bologna

Via Piave 214, Mestre 30171

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (2,048 reviews)

The Best Western Hotel Bologna in Mestre is a 4-star hotel located just across the train station, from which Venice is …

£72
Hotel Nazionale
Hotel Nazionale

Lista di Spagna, 158, Venice 30121

3.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (1,110 reviews)

This traditional Venice hotel is in the Cannaregio neighborhood, close to the Santa Lucia railway station, the Jewish Quarter …

£59
Hotel A LA Commedia
Hotel A LA Commedia

San Marco 4596 A, Venice 30124

4.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (889 reviews)

This stately hotel is situated opposite the Goldoni Theatre in the heart of Venice's historical centre, 50 metres from Rialto …

£95
Hotel Cavalletto e Doge Orseolo
Hotel Cavalletto e Doge Orseolo

Piazza San Marco 1107, Venice 30124

4.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (1,168 reviews)

Adjacent to Venice's largest gondola station in a basin constructed for the noble Orseolo family's palace, this hotel is step …

£69
Venice Resort
Venice Resort

Via Triestina, 153, Mestre 30030

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (969 reviews)

This family-friendly Mestre hotel is located near the airport, 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Forte Bazzera, and within 6 mi (10 km) of …

£43
Palace Bonvecchiati
Palace Bonvecchiati

San Marco, Venice 30124

4.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (580 reviews)

Opened in 2004, this contemporary 70-room Venice hotel lies on the main street between St Mark's Square, 175 meters away, and …

£121
Hotel Antiche Figure
Hotel Antiche Figure

Santa Croce 687, Venice 30135

3.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (1,751 reviews)

Set at the start of the Grand Canal in Venice, this recently renovated 3-star hotel in a 15th-century building is 100 meter …

£69
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Pocket Guide: Venice

Venice is known by a number of nicknames: the city of water, the city of bridges, queen of the Adriatic, and the city of light. This range of names points to the difficulty of trying to capture the intangible quality of this most unique of cities. Indeed, Venice has been performing something of a magic trick for well over a millennia: built on 118 tiny islands, with a marshy lagoon as its base, the city has managed to defy gravity for more than a thousand years.

Classic highlights

Even if you haven't visited Venice, you've probably already seen images of its classic highlights: gondolas on the Grand Canal, the gothic Doge's Palace, and the pigeons on St Marks Square. You can rest assured that the reality of these places is every bit as majestic as the postcard pictures make them out to be.

More than just a series of famous snapshots, however, Venice is a mesmerizing, mysterious city laced with hints of melancholy. Once a major maritime power, Venice continues to survive largely because of the tourist trade, with the number of actual residents dwindling year after year. Ever-increasing flooding wreaks havoc on architecture, while the summer's heat can make the city feel almost swamp-like. Decadent palaces stand next to decaying houses, glorious restoration next to gloomy ruin, making the city nothing short of a floating museum - but in many ways this is also its barrier to modernization.

Mix of contrasts

This profound mix of contrasts makes Venice a fascinating destination. As it struggles to find a balance between preserving the rich cultural heritage on which it depends and carving out an identity as a still-living city in the 21st century, Venice remains one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

The reputations of the signature tourist 'musts' are well-deserved, but the discoveries you make by getting lost in Venice's winding streets and canals are equally rewarding. Exploring your extraordinary surroundings is sure to make you sigh in disbelief. One of Venice's most famous bridges, in fact - just one of over 400 bridges connecting Venice's islands - is called the Bridge of Sighs.

Artists' inspiration

Even the light in Venice is different; the reflection off the water has provided inspiration for many artists. The Accademia Gallery holds several Venetian masterpieces, and you'll notice the play of light in many of its painting. The unusual light is far from being the city's only special quality. Visit during Carnevale and you'll see a glamour you thought no longer existed. Also well worth a visit is Venice Biennale, Europe's classiest international forum for contemporary art.

Cars aren't allowed in Venice, so you'll get to know the city by walking or riding vaporetti (public water buses - an alternative to the more expensive water taxis or gondolas, although it's worth splashing for a romantic evening out). Venice is notoriously crowded (and expensive), but people come for good reason. There is no other city like it in the world - its culture and canals, basilicas and bridges continue to leave visitors marveling. Despite its uncertain future, Venice hasn't lost its magic.